ANDERSON, Ind. — The beautification of Jackson Street through the downtown Anderson area could begin later this month and add new streetlights, landscaping and curb work.
The Redevelopment Commission on Tuesday approved a contract with M.K. Betts to perform the work on Jackson Street, contingent on approval by the Board of Public Works on July 8.
Betts was the only firm submitting a bid to perform the work at a cost of $1,141,303.
Mike Spyers, city engineer, said Anderson Municipal Power & Light will be replacing the light poles and running the electrical lines at an estimated cost of $500,000. The Redevelopment Commission will pay the city utility for the work.
Earlier this year, the Redevelopment Commission approved $1.75 million for the work along Jackson Street from Eighth Street to the railroad tracks south of 14th Street.
The first step in the beautification of Jackson Street leading into downtown Anderson started in May with the planting of red oak trees.
The project includes sidewalk repair and replacement with a row of bricks along the street, decorative lighting, green space and tree plantings.
The crosswalks at the street intersections will be brought into compliance with the guidelines established by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
A part of the project, the construction of a fountain and park area at the southwest corner of 14th and Main streets, has been continued because of changes in the design.
Spyers said the Board of Public Works is scheduled to receive bids for the construction of the fountain on July 8. The projected cost of the fountain is $88,000 with the city utility providing $20,000 of work.
The commission previously approved spending $1,838,000 in tax increment financing (TIF) revenues for the two projects.
Also, Tuesday, the Redevelopment Commission approved a contract with Culy Construction to extend sewer and storm water lines to the site of the new Ivy Tech Community College campus on 60th Street.